Malbec from the Columbia Valley has been steadily gaining attention from consumers and judges alike. Our stunning and distinct Malbec matured in the barrel for 18 months to a beautiful, bold and sensuous wine. Complex notes of mocha, blueberry and toffee candy are intoxicating on the nose and followed by a juicy palate of blackberry pie, cocoa and plum preserves flavors. Our Echo Vineyard Malbec is an evocative wine – images of great Victorian libraries and overstuffed leather come to mind when sipping it. Our Malbec is a strong food wine in addition to sipping alone. One of our favorite simple-yet-delicious pairings is with Bacon Wrapped Dates stuffed with Blue Cheese and a recipe card is provided with every purchase. The 2013 Malbec came from the Echo (Firethorn) Vineyard in Echo, Oregon where Bordeaux varietals are right at home in the arid, sloped climate and gravelly soil. Owned and operated by Jay and Donna Bales, Echo Vineyard is an extremely interesting site. At the harvest season it is extraordinarily dry and water is pumped up from the Umatilla River Aquifer for deficit drip irrigation. If you stamp your foot you will have dust up to your shoulders so it is best to just shuffle around. This kind of water control can guide us to optimal picking and we try hard to pick the Malbec a touch early to maintain acidity once we are sure we’ve achieved our target flavor profile.
Pairs well with: Manchego cheese, mushrooms, rare steak, bittersweet chocolate torte